Earlier today, we put together a list of New York City restaurants' reactions to this weekend's protests, which spanned the gamut of passionate solidarity and disappointment in rouge protestors targeting small businesses. Now people are looking for more ways to make a difference and putting money behind their words. Across America, people are putting together spreadsheets and culling together resources to support black-owned businesses: many of whom were doing the work, long before this recent spotlight. Our colleagues at Time Out Los Angeles and Time Out Chicago have just published their guides and now it's our turn. If you're searching for black-owned businesses to support in New York City (and we hope you already were!), here are some resources we find useful.
An online platform devoted solely to amplifying the voices of black-owned businesses in Brooklyn. Though not all businesses featured are restaurants (there are wine shops, hairdressers, clothing designers and more), it includes stories from some of our favorite spots like Peaches in Bed-Stuy.
An app devoted to mapping black-owned restaurants in New York and beyond that currently has over 2,250 spots listed.
The New Yorker's food critic Hannah Goldfield and Bon Appétit's social media manager Rachel Karten have put together two separate spreadsheets that not only list the names of black-owned restaurants near you, but also let you know if they're delivering or doing takeout during the pandemic. Here's Goldfield's and here is Karten's.
It's easy to turn to the people of color in your circles to ask them which chefs you should support, but the fact of the matter is, it can be tiring for POCs to be bombarded with the same question over and over (especially now). So you're looking to find more chefs of color who do not necessarily work in a "traditional" professional kitchen to support? You can click through this database. It also has lots of other categories to search through, such as writers, food stylists and more.
Shoppe Black is a global resource that has lists on black-owned businesses such as tech-companies, farms, vintage shops, plus so much more.
Another, smaller food-related database where you can search for black-owned businesses in New York City. Currently, only 12 are listed.
Have other NYC-specific resources you think we should add? Feel free to email us.